WAYNE – About 600 miles to the north is the northern-most team in the NSIC as Minot State University was in Wayne America Saturday night.
Back at Rice Auditorium, WSC is the most southern team in the conference as the ‘Cats entertained the Beavers to close out a weekend home doubleheader.
During the women’s game, Wayne State led 24-22 after the opening quarter before both teams scored 18 points in the second. At the break, WSC led 42-40. Minot State then outscored WSC 21-15 in the third before the ‘Cats won the fourth, 16-11. Down 72-70 with about 30 seconds left in the game, Kylie Hammer stole the ball and found Erin Norling who made the basket and was fouled. Norling hit the foul shot as Wayne State held on for the 73-72 victory to improve to 15-7 (10-6 NSIC) while the Beavers fell to 4-16 (1-15 NSIC).
Josey Ryan paced all Wildcats with 16 points (7-9 FG/1-3 3PT/1-1 FT) followed by Norling (one block) with 13 points and nine rebounds (4-11 FG/1-2 3PT/4-5 FT). Brittany Bongartz (4-8 FG/2-2 FT), Haley Vesey (4-7 FG/2-4 3PT) and Hammer (three assists) (4-6 FG/2-2 3PT) all scored 10 points.
Other scoring came from Halley Busse (two steals) with nine points and nine assists, Lauren Zacharias added three points and three assists as Autumn Mlinar tallied two points.
The Wildcat women shot 28-61 (45.9%) from the floor, 8-22 (36.4%) from the three-point line and 9-10 (90%) at the charity stripe.
Three Beavers poured in double figure scoring led by Bethany Theodore with 23 points, Mariah Payne added 20 points and Mollie Wilson tacked on 12 points.
Minot State finished 30-66 (45.5%) from the field, 7-13 (53.8%) from behind the arc and 5-6 (83.3%) at the foul line.
From the men’s contest, Wayne State built a 10-point lead at the half up 41-31 as Minot State won the second half 31-30. The ‘Cats led for nearly 28 minutes and won 71-62 to secure their fourth straight win in conference play. WSC is now 10-15 (7-9 NSIC) while Minot State had their four-game winning streak snapped falling to 10-12 (4-12 NSIC).
Jordan Janssen (6-13 FG/7-9 FT) recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go along with seven assists. Al’Tavius Jackson added 13 points (5-8 FG/3-4 3PT); Nate Mohr tallied 12 points (4-9 FG/2-5 3PT/2-2 FT) and Nick Ferrarini tacked on 11 points (4-8 FG/3-3 3PT).
Other scoring came from Ben Dentlinger with eight points and two blocks, Henry Penner scored five points and Nate Thayer poured in three points.
The Wildcat men shot 25-51 (49%) from the floor, 9-15 (60%) from the three-point line and 12-15 (80%) at the charity stripe.
Kyle Beisch paced Minot State in scoring with 21 points, Kody Dwyer fouled out with 14 points and Trevor Rothstein tallied 11 points.
Minot State finished 27-59 (45.8%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from behind the arc and 1-2 (50%) at the foul line.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next visit St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth on Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8. Games are scheduled for 5:30/7:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30/5:30 p.m. Saturday.